ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular

41 Guidelines for Plastic Scrap INSTITUTE OF SCRAP RECYCLING INDUSTRIES, INC. Copyright © 2022 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. The following contaminants are not allowed at any level (zero percent allowed) • Any plastic bags, sheets, or film; • Wood, glass, electronics scrap; • Oils, grease, rocks, mud, dirt; • Containers which held flammable, corrosive or reactive products, pesticides or herbicides; • Items with circuit boards or battery packs; • Medical and hazardous waste; • Products with degradable additives. General: Refer to the General Information section for additional information. 1-7 Bottles and SMALL Rigid Plastic Description: Rigid plastic generated in a positive sort from a curbside, drop-off, or other public or private recycling program that does not separately sort any plastic bottles. Bales consist of all plastic bottles— no bottles should be removed from the mix prior to baling—and household containers (including thermoform packaging, cups, trays, clamshells, food tubs and pots. • Bulky rigid plastic, greater than 5 gallons, should be avoided (e.g., drums, crates, buckets, baskets, toys, totes and lawn furniture); • Bales should consist of 65% bottles. Product: Bottle and non-bottle containers Source: Post-Consumer Material Contamination: Total contaminants should not exceed 5% by weight • 2% maximum acceptable o Paper/cardboard • 1%maximum acceptable o Metal o Plastic bags, sheets, film o Liquid or other residues The following contaminants are not allowed at any level (zero percent allowed) • Wood, glass, electronics scrap • Oils, grease, rocks, mud, dirt • Items with circuit boards or battery packs • Containers which held flammable, corrosive or reactive products, pesticides or herbicides. • Medical and hazardous waste • Products with degradable additives General: Refer to the General Information section for additional information. 3-7 Bottles and SMALL Rigid Plastic Description: Rigid plastic items generated in a positive sort from a curbside, drop-off, or other public or private recycling programs from which the Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, #1) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE, #2) bottles have been removed. Pre-picked plastic consists of non-PET and non-HDPE household bottles and all non bottle containers including thermoform packaging, cups, trays, clamshells, food tubs and pots, and all large rigid plastics, primarily Polyethylene and Polypropylene (PP, #5) (includes plastic crates, carts, buckets, baskets and plastic lawn furniture). Metal, as typically found in toys or bucket handles, should be removed when possible. Plastic items from construction or demolition should not be included in Pre-Picked bales. • Bulky rigid plastic, greater than 5 gallons, should be avoided (e.g., drums, crates, buckets, baskets, toys, totes and lawn furniture) Product: Bottle and non-bottle Containers Source: Post-Consumer material Contamination: Total contaminants should not exceed 5% by weight • 2% maximum acceptable o Metal o Paper/cardboard (2% maximum acceptable} • 1% maximum acceptable o Liquid or other residues (1 % maximum acceptable) The following contaminants are not allowed at any level (zero percent allowed) • Any plastic bags, sheets, or film • Wood, glass, electronics scrap • Oils, grease, rocks, mud, dirt • Containers which held flammable, corrosive or reactive products, pesticides or herbicides. • Items with circuit boards or battery packs • Medical and hazardous waste • Products with degradable additives General: Refer to the General Information section for additional information.

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